Students study RE for 5 one hour lessons in the two week timetable cycle. This represents 10% of the curriculum time, as recommended by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
RE lessons take place in mixed ability groups.
The topic areas that we focus on in KS3 are Revelation and Faith, God’s Promises Fulfilled, The Saviour, The Church, The Sacraments, Christianity and Other Faiths and other major world faiths.
These topics are drawn from the Bishops’ Conference RE Curriculum Directory
God's Promises Fulfilled
Vocation and Religious Life
Prophetic Role of the Church
The Paschal Mystery
Good and Evil
The Birth of Christianity & The Church in Britain
Jesus of the Gospels
GCSE - Introduction to GCSE Syllabus
Religious Studies has a special status within the 14-19 Curriculum and is a statutory subject at Key Stage 4. At Saint John Bosco College it forms part of the core Curriculum and is studied by all Year 10 and Year 11 pupils to GCSE level. Students begin work on GCSE Religious Studies in the summer term of Year 9.
The knowledge and understanding gained by pupils will help to nourish and strengthen their faith, equipping them with the right attitudes and skills such as research, analysis, logic and reasoning, evaluation and creativity. These will assist them in future years to make decisions of moral importance and have a wealth of information and knowledge at their disposal.
GCSE Religious Studies Edexcel - Students in Year 11 cohort 2016 -2017
AQA GCSE Religious Studies Specification B.
The course includes the study of Catholic Christianity (Religion 1 50%), a study of Judaism (Religion 2A 25%) and the study of Ethical themes (Religion 2B 25%).
Catholic beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to six topics:
Perspectives on Faith: Judaism
Students sit a test at the end of each topic and a mock GCSE examination in the Christmas term of Year 11 on both Unit Catholic Christianity and Perspectives of Faith
Homework will be set weekly in accordance with school policy.
Pupils sit two GCSE papers in the summer of Year 11
There is no Controlled Assessment in R.E.
What opportunities a GCSE in Religious Studies will lead to:
GCSE Religious Studies can help you to pursue a career in: Journalism, Teaching, Medicine, Law, Social Work, Human Resources. Any career where you need to demonstrate an ability to empathise with others, consider issues critically and express your ideas coherently.
What skills profile a GCSE Religious Studies student should have:
Famous students of this subject include: Charles Darwin, William Paley, C.S. Lewis
A’ Level Religious Studies AQA
The course comprises three components: Philosophy, Ethics and Christian thought. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the modern world and establish a deeper knowledge and appreciation of religious thought. They will study contemporary issues, whilst challenging and developing their own perceptions, enabling them to engage with a wealth of philosophical, ethical and religious concepts.
The three components allow students to explore religious beliefs, values and teachings in light of their interconnections in both historical development and the contemporary world. The course examines some of the fundamental questions about life: why are we here; how should we behave; and what happens when we die?
In the Philosophy component students will learn about ancient philosophy, the nature of the soul, mind and body, arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, the problem of evil and the issues arising in religious language. In the Ethics component students will learn about normative ethical theories, the application of ethical theories to two contemporary issues, debates surrounding significant ideas about conscience and sexual ethics. Students will also study Developments in Religious Thought which consists of key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.
The course will suit students if they enjoy considering new concepts, debating ideas and working independently. It allows them to gain an analytical understanding of theories and doctrine whilst developing the skills required to formulate arguments in light of what they have learnt. Religious Studies is a rigorous academic subject and as such all universities, colleges and employers view it favourably. The content is particularly valuable for those wishing to study medicine, law, philosophy and politics. The skills developed will be particularly useful for careers in law, government and the media.